Revere gets first breather since callup

Revere gets first breather since callup

ARLINGTON -- Center fielder Ben Revere was out of the Twins' starting lineup on Monday against the Rangers, marking the first time he was given a day off since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on June 2.

Revere, who played in 47 straight games while hitting .250 with 13 stolen bases, was replaced in center field by Jason Repko, who batted leadoff in his absence

Revere has scuffled a bit recently, hitting just .065 over his last eight games to see his batting average drop from .278 to .249 over that span. So Twins manager Ron Gardenhire felt it was as good a time as any to give Revere a breather, especially with Rangers left-hander Derek Holland on the mound.

"Ben has been pretty good up there, but he's also played every game since he's been here and since he took over that role," Gardenhire said. "You start getting a little beat up and worn out. Repko needs to play. It's a left-handed pitcher."

Revere, 23, said he thought it would be tough to watch the game from the bench, but understood why Gardenhire made the move.

"I don't enjoy being on the bench at all," Revere said. "It's not my thing. But he's the manager and the head boss, so I have to listen to him. So I'll just rest my body, especially with this heat. So it's a good day to cool off a little bit and rest my legs before getting back in there tomorrow."